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Morehead State's Department of History, Philosophy, Politics, Global Studies and Legal Studies is sponsoring four days of special programs in honor of Constitution Day beginning Monday, Sept. 16.  

Sept. 17 is the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution by the Constitutional Convention in 1787.  

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Morehead State’s Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) Eagle Battalion and Eagle Vets will conduct the Patriot Day observance on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 8 a.m. in front of Button Auditorium.  

The public is invited to attend and help place small American flags on the lawn by the Little Bell Tower to honor first responders, members of the military and their families, and those who have lost their lives in the war on terror since 9/11.  

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Morehead State’s Star Theater, located in the Space Science Center, will open for the season on Saturday, Sept. 7. 

The theater will offer more programming this year with weekly shows on Saturdays. Family shows, which are geared toward children ages 4 to 10, are at 11 a.m. Feature shows, geared toward middle and high school students, will be at 1 p.m. Laser shows will be at 4 p.m. All shows are appropriate for all ages. 

Shows playing this month include:  

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In observance of Labor Day, Morehead State University will be closed Monday, Sept. 2. Classes will not meet, administrative offices will not be open and mail will not be delivered. 

The Camden-Carroll Library will be closed from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 and will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. 

The University Store will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, and will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 3, under regular business hours. 

The Recreation and Wellness Center will be open on Labor Day from 3 to 10 p.m. The natatorium will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. 

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Astrophysicist Shanil Virani has been named as the new director of Morehead State's Star Theater and as an instructor of space systems engineering. 

Virani previously worked as director of the John C. Wells Planetarium at James Madison University. He spent more than five years at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics as part of the science team of the Chandra X-ray Observatory. He said he's excited to use the Star Theater to motivate more young people to get interested in science. 

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Thanks in part to Dr. Sherry Stultz, professor of education at Morehead State University, students at Summit Elementary School in Ashland were greeted by more than enthusiastic teachers on the first day of classes.

They were also treated to the Little Free Library, a nonprofit organization founded to inspire a love of reading, build community and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. 

Hemp research at MSU

Aug 21, 2019
Julianna Leach, The TrailBlazer and The Independent

As Kentucky looks to find a replacement for tobacco as a cash crop, Morehead State University is aiding the endeavor with research on hemp.

The Derrickson Agricultural Complex is home to the only hemp operation in Rowan County, where MSU associate professor Brent Rogers works with students on a variety of hemp research projects.

“There is kind of three prongs to hemp research here in the state right now and it’s fiber, seed and CBD,” said Rogers. “What we are growing is used to extract what is called CBD’s, cannabidiols, used medicinally.”

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Morehead State University officially opened the new academic year with Fall Convocation on Aug. 14.

President Dr. Jay Morgan welcomed faculty and staff, reflecting on last year’s successes and offering encouragement for the new academic year. 

Faculty and staff were recognized for their research, service and teaching with MSU’s Distinguished Faculty and Staff Awards.

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Dr. Johnathan Nelson, associate professor of management and associate dean for the Elmer R. Smith College of Business and Technology's School of Business Administration, has been selected to serve on the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Committee for the Advancement of Professional Ethics (CAPE). 

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Nathaniel Lee (77), attorney and senior partner with the Indianapolis-based law firm Lee Cossell & Crowley, LLP, was elected vice president of the National Bar Association during the association’s 94th annual convention in New York City last month. Lee now oversees the organization’s capital campaign and assists the financial committee. 

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Morehead State University not only provides a high-quality academic experience, but it also provides opportunities for students to do so while giving back to the community.

This month, MSU faculty and staff will get the chance to learn how to better implement service-learning in the classroom and on campus. Dr. Patti Clayton will lead service-learning workshops on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Room 325 in the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC).  

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MSU senior Luke Hoard from Crestwood had the opportunity to apply what he learned on campus in the real world this summer through an internship at NASA.

Hoard, a space science major, served as a Space Communications and Navigations (SCaN) intern at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He worked on preliminary payload hardware selection and design for a constellation mission involving CubeSats. Also, he worked on modeling and simulations of several experiments that will be conducted aboard the CubeSats.

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If you are a new or returning student, you still have an opportunity to register for Morehead State University’s 2019 fall academic term.

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 19, at MSU and its regional campuses. Registration for Fall 2019 is available online at http://my.moreheadstate.edu

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Morehead State will welcome first-year students to campus for the fall semester on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 15 and 16.   To help move-in run efficiently and smoothly, the Office of Student Housing has established a schedule and process for first-year students to move into the residence halls.

Visit http://www.moreheadstate.edu/movein for the complete schedule, parking map and details.   

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Dr. Elizabeth McLaren, education professor in MSU's Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education (ECESE), was appointed by Governor Matt Bevin to serve on the Kentucky Early Intervention System Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC). 

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A new exhibit highlighting Morehead State’s space system engineering programs is now on display at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky in Lexington.

The exhibit features a model of the Lunar IceCube satellite which was designed, built and tested by teams of students at MSU. The satellite will launch as part of NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (Next STEP).

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Morehead State University's Division of Academic Affairs has announced that Megan Boone has been named director of the Office of Career Services.  

"Megan has proven that she is a strong and creative campus leader who is very student-focused," said Dr. Laurie Couch, associate provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success. "She will be an excellent partner in our continuing efforts to provide outstanding career support to students in our academic programs, our alumni, and those in the community."  

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Two classes in the Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) at Morehead State University will showcase their research posters on Wednesday, July 17, in the drill room of Button Auditorium. 

Dr. Melony Shemberger, associate professor of journalism and mass communications at Murray State University and faculty member at GSP, teaches business, accounting and entrepreneurship as a focus area class, plus a general studies class concentrating on libraries and literacies. 

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Morehead has been named the third best college town in the nation to start a career.

Grand Canyon University compiled the list, and it was published in Business Insider magazine. The list was compiled using data from the U.S. Census, Yelp, Indeed, official government climate reports, and measured factors such as job markets, local culture and infrastructure.

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Hayley Murphy (14), a career coach with Morehead State University’s Office of Career Services, has been named to the board of the Kentucky Association of Colleges and Employers (KACE).

Murphy will serve as communications chair and in this role, she will be responsible for maintaining the KACE website, creating graphics and communicating with all members regarding events. Murphy will also be involved in planning networking and professional development opportunities, including an annual two-day conference in the fall.


Morehead State University is closed for the Independence Day holiday on Thursday, July 4. 

Administrative offices are closed Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5. The University will reopen under regular operating hours on Monday, July 8.

The Camden-Carroll Library is closed from Thursday, July 4, until Monday, July 8.

The University Store is closed Thursday, July 4, and will reopen Friday, July 5, from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store is closed on weekends through Monday, Aug. 12.

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The Morehead Writing Project (MWP) held “Power Your Story,” a journalism camp for area high schoolers, June 9-15. 

Students collaborated with professionals from Morehead State Public Radio, Morehead State’s convergent media program and the MSU student newspaper, The Trail Blazer. Camp participants learned about how to collect news and interview subjects, how to operate cameras and how to edit audio and video, among other skills necessary in the field of journalism.  

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The Morehead State University Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) partnered with the Rocky J. Adkins Public Library to launch a drug prevention program in Elliott County. 

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University and high school faculty members teaching in the Eagle Scholars program participated in a summer meeting Wednesday, June 12, at the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC). 

The morning’s activities began with several informative presentations. Joel Pace, director of the Eagle Scholars program, offered attendees an overview of the program. Other topics and presenters were:

Faculty 180 and general assessment, Dr. Mark Graves, professor of English.

Blackboard, David Flora, director of Distance Education and Instructional Design.

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Register now for Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) to register for classes and be ready for the upcoming fall semester.

SOAR helps incoming students prepare for a successful first year at MSU. MSU has additional sessions available this summer.

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Growing up in the Biratnagar, Province No.1, Nepal, Satyam Shrivastav was intent on succeeding anywhere. But from a very early age, he had specific academic goals that were far away from his home country. 

“America is considered the most developed country by Nepalese people. When I was a kid, every time I had gone to get blessings from my grandparents, they would bless me to get an American degree,” Satyam said. “I have always wanted to get an American degree since then.” 

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Morehead State’s newest nursing program has earned accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  

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Morehead State welcomes hundreds of high school students to campus June 5 to July 5 for its 53rd annual Upward Bound (UB) summer programs. 

MSU UB has two distinct programs, UB Classic and UB Math and Science, serving more than 250 students from 18 schools in 17 Eastern Kentucky counties including Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Harrison, Johnson, Lawrence, Lewis, Magoffin, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Robertson and Rowan.

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Morehead State University will continue serving as a host campus for the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program (GSP). 

Last year, MSU was awarded a three-year contract (2019-21) to continue serving as a host campus for the program. MSU first hosted GSP in 2006 and this year will be the eighth year the University has hosted GSP.

Of the three universities that currently host GSP (others include Bellarmine University and Centre College), MSU is the only public university to host the program. 

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INSIGHT, a postsecondary preparation program for high school students who are blind or visually impaired, will be held on the Morehead State University campus June 8-15.

In its 13th year, the program is a collaboration between MSU, Kentucky Office for the Blind, Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB), Kentucky Education Development Corporation (KEDC) and the KSB Charitable Foundation. Nineteen students are expected to attend the camp this year.